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Winning the big race takes more than a skilled driver—it also takes a well-built car. Find out how race teams build a car from scratch, and learn the safety features that keep the driver save.
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Winning the big race takes more than a skilled driver—it also takes a well-built car. Find out how race teams build a car from scratch, and learn the safety features that keep the driver save.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Good driving is not enough to win a race; behind every driver is his car and crew, which can make all the difference. Stock cars must be built within NASCAR rules, but every team makes adjustments to the car's frame, body, suspension, tires, brakes, engine, and transmission. The book effectively explains terms such as roof flaps, slicks, and roll cage, and also illustrates them on a diagram. Safety features, such as the HANS device and firewalls are also discussed. The content in this book is not as dramatic as others in the "Edge Books NASCAR Racing" series, but it will be of interest to young racing enthusiasts. Like others in the series, there are numerous, well-placed color photographs with bold captions to augment the text. The stock car diagram is well done, as is the chart giving cars' specs for a race. A glossary, index, and suggested reading and internet sites round out the book. Short, simply written sentences make the information accessible to young or struggling readers. The book's clean, crisp design, using bold fonts, colors, and graphics, add to the appeal. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429600859
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: NASCAR Racing Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.31 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Doeden is a freelance author and editor from Minnesota. He’s written numerous children’s books on sports, music, current events, the military, extreme survival, and much more. His books Sandy Koufax (Twenty-First Century Books, 2006) and Tom Brady: Unlikely Champion (Twenty-First Century Books, 2011) were Junior Library Guild selections. Doeden began his career as a sports writer before turning to publishing. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children.
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